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Consultant for developing training for safeguarding living heritage in conflict-related situations

OVERVIEW

Parent Sector : Culture Sector (CLT)

Duty Station: Paris

Job Family: Culture

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 05-DEC-2021 (Extented)

 

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

 

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

 

Background 


In the framework of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (hereinafter called “the 2003 Convention”), UNESCO has explored the role of living heritage in emergencies, including conflict and disaster situations. In 2020, the General Assembly of States Parties to the 2003 Convention adopted operational principles and modalities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in emergencies, which offers guidance to national and international stakeholders on how best to engage and safeguard living heritage in various types of emergency contexts (Resolution 8.GA 9). The operational principles and modalities emphasize the dual nature of living heritage in emergencies, both as being directly under threat and as a valuable resource that communities can draw on to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. 

In this context, UNESCO is undertaking a project to strengthen the capacities of communities to safeguard and mobilize their intangible cultural heritage in situations of conflict and forced displacement. The project will involve the development of training materials on how to plan and conduct a community-based needs identification in situations of conflict and forced displacement. These materials will be tested through workshops with communities affected by forced displacement in one pilot country to better understand the impact of the conflict-related emergency context on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, as well as the potential role of intangible cultural heritage in healing and recovery. Based on the lessons learnt from utilizing the training materials on a pilot basis, a handbook for safeguarding living heritage in contexts of conflict-related emergencies and forced displacement will be developed aimed at relevant national and international organizations and actors (i.e. humanitarian workers, emergency response task teams) to raise awareness and understanding on the dual role of intangible cultural heritage in situations of conflict and forced displacement and the possibilities to support its safeguarding. To this end, UNESCO is looking for a senior Individual Specialist to undertake the following activities:

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Work assignment


Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Capacity Building and Heritage Policy Unit of the Living Heritage Entity, and the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the senior Individual Specialist shall:

 

1.    Draft training materials on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in situations of conflict and forced displacement taking into account the methodology of community-based needs identification, which shall include: 

•    Introducing the context and challenges of working in situations of conflict and forced displacement with respect to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage; 
•    Providing clear methodological and practical guidance on how to conduct a community-based needs identification in situations of conflict and forced displacement;
•    Outlining key methodological and ethical considerations for undertaking a community-based needs identification in situations of conflict and forced displacement;
•    Following best practices in the field of heritage safeguarding, with reference to key policy and operational frameworks of the 2003 Convention, including the Operational Directives and the Ethical Principles for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage;
•    Considering relevant international normative instruments and standards for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in conflict situations, including international humanitarian and human rights instruments; and
•    Applying a gender-responsive approach to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in situations of conflict and forced displacement.

Furthermore, the training materials shall contain the following elements:

•    Lesson plan, specifying the duration, objectives, description, sequence of training activities and supporting documents;
•    Facilitators notes, providing all explanations to facilitate the sessions effectively;
•    Exercises, prioritizing dialogue-based methodologies and collaborative learning and knowledge building approaches;
•    Presentations on topics covered in the workshop, illustrated with appropriate visuals;
•    Other support materials and tools for participants, as appropriate, such as case studies, best practices, audio-visual materials etc.; and
•    Suggestions on how to adapt the training to an online format, in cases where in-person workshops are not feasible.

 

2.    Implement and test the training materials and approach developed in context where intangible cultural heritage is at risk from conflict. This shall include:

•    Providing advice on potential field sites to implement the pilot training activities;
•    Acting as the main trainer and resource person of the training workshop in the identified pilot country;
•    Liaising closely with the in-country facilitator on the design and delivery of the training workshop and providing support as needed;
•    Defining beneficiary communities and elaboratng a list of participants for the training workshop from relevant backgrounds;
•    Undertaking the training course with the identified participants; and 
•    Integrating feedback and lessons learnt from the training workshop into a final version of the training materials.

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3.   Draft a handbook for actors working in the humanitarian and security sectors based on the lessons learnt and insights gained through the pilot exercise, and providing guidance to key stakeholders involved in emergency preparedness, management and responses on how to take into account the safeguarding of living heritage in their work. This involves unpacking the specific considerations for operationalizing the principles and modalities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in situation of emergencies to the specific needs of conflict and forced displacement.

 

Expected duration and work location

 

The contract duration is expected to spread over a period of eight (8) to ten (10) months with an estimated effective full-time work of three (3) months. Please note this is a home-based position.
 

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)

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For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

 

Education


•    Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a field relevant to the topic of the call (Heritage Studies, Anthropology, Social and Human Sciences, or related field).


Work experience


•    At least 10 years of national and international work experience in the field of intangible cultural heritage. 
•    Experience in conducting community-based needs identifications for intangible cultural heritage. 
•    Proven experience working in situations of conflict and/or forced displacement.


Skills and competencies


•    Good knowledge of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and its key policy and operational frameworks, notably the operational principles and modalities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in emergencies.
•    Knowledge of gender-responsive approaches to safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.
•    Excellent writing skills.

 

Languages


•    Excellent knowledge of English or French.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

 

Work experience

 

•    Prior experience with the 2003 Convention’s global capacity-building programme.
•    Prior experience working with other international organisations and/or humanitarian or security actors in situations of conflict and forced displacement.


Skills and competencies


•    Knowledge of methodological and pedagogic approaches to designing training activities for in-person and online contexts.


Languages


•    Good knowledge of an other UN working language (Arabic or Spanish).

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application through UNESCO careers website along with a detailed financial proposal to undertake the given assignment, expressed as an overall lump-sum (quoted in US dollars or in euros only).

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

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